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Charter Commission Supports Seperate Law Enforcement Bodies

Jon Rabiroff   March 28, 1996; Page 06C    

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Charter Review Commission gave a roundabout endorsement Wednesday to keeping the beach rangers and airport police separate from the Volusia County sheriff's office.    

  Members of the commission disagree over whether Volusia County's Home Rule Charter requires the sheriff to be responsible for all law enforcement in the county, which would include the beach and the airport. During an extended discussion, a majority of the commission appeared prepared to support a proposed charter amendment recognizing the beach rangers and airport police as separate entities.    

However, the matter was tabled before a vote could be taken.    

Instead, the commission rejected a proposed management recommendation that would have placed the two agencies under the control of the sheriff until and unless the charter is amended.    

The 15-member commission decided to forward to the County Council management recommendations to:    

* Keep a closer eye on hiring outside legal services, and how much is spent for them.    

* Do something to better inform citizens about how to participate in County Council meetings.    

* Study how to better provide a uniform level of emergency medical services across the county.    

In another Charter Review Commission matter, Beach Committee Chairman Doug Daniels has abandoned his effort to include a controversial anti-beach driving section in his committee's report to the full commission.    

The report still calls for an end to the Beach Trust Commission in favor of a County Council-appointed beach advisory board.    

However, a ``background'' section -- that cited polls and consultants in suggesting beach driving is to blame for what Daniels called the area's struggling hotel industry, a $25 million slump in Daytona Beach area property values and a lack of support for needed off-beach parking -- was not included.    

Instead, Daniels said he will submit that information separately, in a ``report from the chairman.''    

Daniels said he probably could have gotten support from a majority of the committee to include the background material in the panel's report, but decided it would be less involved and time-consuming to file the report on his own.    

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